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Welcome Dr. Phillips Pop Warner Cheerleading!

DP Cheerleading provides young cheerleaders an opportunity to cheer and compete in an organized, supervised, safety-oriented environment.

Cheerleaders will be placed on a squad based on their age/grade and experience level according to the Pop Warner Age Matrix. Each squad is assigned to a football team and will accompany them to all their home and away games—including post-season play at invitational bowls and regional/national playoff games. The cheerleaders cheer during the games and also perform at halftime.

Along with cheering for football games, cheerleaders at the Tiny Mite and Mity Mite level will also perform in the Mid Florida Cheer Exhibition to show off the skills they have learned throughout the season. Cheerleaders in the Junior Pee Wee division and up compete at the Mid Florida conference level, for the opportunity to advance to the Southeast Region and National competitions.

Important Dates for the 2017 Cheer Season:

  • October 22, 2017 – Tiny Mite/Mity Mite Exhibition
  • October 28, 2017 – Mid-Florida Cheer Competition
  • November 24 – 26, 2017 – Southeast Regional Cheer competition
  • December 2- 9, 2017 – Pop Warner National Cheer Competition

At the heart of any Dr. Phillips Pop Warner Cheer Squad you can find five fundamental lessons that will prove pivotal in the growth and development of our cheerleaders, both on and off the field. There are so many factors that go into making an exceptional cheer experience. Teamwork, discipline, perseverance, goal setting, and integrity lay the foundation for all that we do.

Disipline

Any person who wishes to cheer must be ready to work. Coaches will push each cheerleader to perform at their full potential allowing for the most growth and accountability. The same is true in all life presents us with; if we hope to improve and grow, we have to take responsibility for that growth, and surround ourselves with people who want to see us succeed.

Perseverance

Cheerleading provides a variety of situations that will challenge a child's perseverance. No matter how tough a practice or performance is, they will learn to stick with it and are rewarded in their personal accomplishments and developments in the end. Developing the strength to “never give up” and to “always look to the future” is a trait that cheerleaders carry with them for life.

Goal Setting

Not all goals have to be huge! Every goal that a cheerleader accomplishes brings them one step closer to accomplishing a larger goal. Setting positive habits is important in the goal setting process. Team oriented goals that involve the team as a whole are imperative.

TEAMWORK

When you are a part of a cheer squad, you have to understand that EVERYONE plays an important part. Every position is important to the success of the squad both at a game, and in competition. Trust, communication, and a collaborative effort are required to have a successful squad. They are also skills that your child can apply moving forward in their everyday life. Here at DP teamwork also applies to those members of the team that do not ever hold a pom pom: the parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, cousins, neighbors, and DP fans in general. Without everyone working together, we would not be able to do what we do. WE ARE DP!

Integrity

No matter what happens, we take it on with integrity and respect for all of those involved. Being a good winner is just as important as being a good loser. We have all lost in our lives; though a courteous winner does not turn a loss into a win, it does leave the opponent knowing that their hard work and efforts did not go unnoticed. Have pride in our organization, but show others through respect and dignity. When everything is said and done, all efforts should be for the love of the game and nothing less. Aahhh, DP!